With bated breath I can finally say… its happening.  This book, this long labor of love, is finally happening!

Surprise Inside Cakes Cover


I have been working on this book since 2011.  I have been bugging people and asking opinions and shooting and re-shooting and baking and generally a crazy mess for years now.  But its all been worth it.

My book is ready to be ordered!  I so hope you like it and that you will laugh and cry (theres only one tear jerking part, I promise) and bake with me!!!

As a special treat for my readers only, I am going to share one of the cakes in the book.  Now remember, every single cake has detailed step-by-step instructions with written directions and pictures.  This however, is just a little before and after surprise sneak peak!

Balloon Surprise Inside cake from the surprise-inside cakes book!

photo credit: Susan Powers

This fun party cake is entertaining for adults and children alike.  I mean, who doesn’t love balloons?  Not only are there adorable balloons on the outside…

Balloon Surprise Inside cake from the surprise-inside cakes book!

photo credit: Susan Powers

There is also a red velvet ballon on the inside!  And I teach you how to do it with a very detailed tutorial in the book.

Now, I am probably pretty silly for saying this (and please don’t tell my publisher!)… but this isn’t even the most fun cake in the book.

Oh my word I CANNOT WAIT to show you the rest! (Like how to make the Rainbow Heart on the cover!)

For now, you can go ahead and pre-order a copy of my book for yourself.  Here are some handy dandy links below.  Be sure to order soon!  There are going to be some extra special prizes and events lined up and I really want you to have your book when they happen! 🙂

Amazon: http://goo.gl/zX1V9k

Apple: http://goo.gl/yxbknv

Barnes and Noble: http://goo.gl/fmylI5

IndieBound: http://goo.gl/vq6CsU

Books-A-Million: http://goo.gl/HrRbnS

Google Play: http://goo.gl/HwbxbL

Kobo: http://goo.gl/3fRK0f

HarperCollins: http://goo.gl/EZE1nH

Surprise Inside Cakes Cover

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Meet Amanda Rettke

Amanda Rettke is the creator of I Am Baker, and the bestselling author of Surprise Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion – With a Little Something Extra Inside.Over the course of her 15+ year blogging adventure, she has been featured in and collaborated with the Food Network, New York Times, LA Times, Country Living Magazine, People Magazine, Epicurious, Brides, Romantic Homes, life:beautiful, Publishers Weekly, The Daily Mail, Star Tribune, The Globe and Mail, DailyCandy, YumSugar, The Knot, The Kitchn, and Parade, to name a few.

Reader Comments

  1. Woo Hoo! How exciting Amanda! You know there is no finer cake-baker than you in my eyes; I’m over the moon about this for you (and us). Based on the three hours of scrolling through comments I did to get to leave one myself, I know I’m not alone in the jubilation over this announcement. Congratulations!

  2. Congratulations Amanda! I just pre ordered my book. Cakes with hidden surprises are the next ” cake pops”. Before you know it , everyone will be making these cakes! I know I will be one of the earlier ones to make one! Thank you for sharing your God- given talents with us!

  3. Congratulations! So excited for you! If you decide to do a book tour, please pick Houston. I’d love to give you a hug in person. 🙂 @justmejennmarie

  4. I’ve only just found your site and I’m very excited! I’m in Australia so I was wondering do you know the places your book will sell here? Congrats the book looks awesome I can’t wait to buy it.

  5. NO ONE deserves this more than you do, Amada.


    I was just telling someone about your blog, how you’re the standard to follow in terms of cake-bloggers and that you are best known for your shapes-inside-cake designs and then popped over here to grab a link to send my friend and BAM! I saw this post! So of course, I had to put my note on hold, read your post and offer my congratulations.

    You are amazing – ENJOY your success – You’ve so earned it!



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